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Theater

November, 2018

Far Rockaway

‘Ugly’ lights up the stage in Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway

‘Ugly’ lights up the stage in Far Rockaway

A welcome bit of family theater has come to the Rockaways. Comment
Frida Libre — Flora Martínez as Frida Kahlo returns in a new version of last year’s runaway success, “Frida Libre.” “Frida Libre” presents a unique vision of the magical world of one of the most influential women in Latin American history. Martínez explores Frida’s art, her success, her intriguing sexuality, her passion for politics and her complex relationship with Diego Rivera. Frida’s rich, fascinating story is told through dialogue and song, under the musical direction of Jose Reinoso. Comment
Douglaston

Relive the past with Douglaston Community Theatre’s production of ‘The Babylon Line’

While Levittown was once praised as a suburban utopia and model of the American can-do spirit by some, others saw it as an example of stifling cookie-cutter suburbia. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside on Broadway

Sunnyside

Sunnyside on Broadway

Sunnyside resident Jeremy Kareken is part of the trio that adapted the novel “The Lifespan of a Fact” for the stage which is now on Broadway. Comment
First staged in 1606, Shakespeare’s ghoulish masterpiece about the bloody downfall of a Scottish general and his power-hungry wife who murdered their king for his throne reveals the extremes of ambition, power and guilt. Comments (1)

October, 2018

Arts

New American Voices series features stories for everyone

The Queens Theatre seeks to serve the Queens community through presenting the many diverse voices in the borough and its 2018 New American Voices series, starting Oct. 20, will showcase new plays that delve into the struggle to remain truthful to oneself. Comment
Arts

Jamaica-raised writer brings original family tale to Queens Theatre

Some of the best plays seem to be the ones that are inspired by gritty, poignant, sometimes humorous real-life events, and actual people. Comment

September, 2018

Jamaica

Musical comedy looks for silver lining in dark times

Ultimately, we are all far more similar than we are different, and that’s especially true here in Queens. Comments (3)
Long Island City

To be or not to be: Catch ‘Hamlet’ in its final weekend at Secret Theatre

Get ready for a fast-paced whirlwind of mind and body as rational thought battles with hysteria. Comment
Arts

Queens Theatre announces events for upcoming season

Queens Theatre will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in style. Comment

August, 2018

Middle Village

Head to Middle Village to catch stellar ‘Legally Blonde’

The JC Players are bringing a modern favorite to the stage in Middle Village with two weekend performances of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Comment
Arts

Cornerstone Theatre Company delivers a taste of Queens

A lot of cool and progressive ideas have taken root in the Golden State, so it’s not surprising that Cornerstone Theater Company, a California-based troupe, has come up with an innovative approach to producing plays. Comment

July, 2018

PuppetMobile brings ‘The Big Good Wolf’ to Queens parks

This summer, the City Parks Foundation introduces an exciting new marionette show to Queens. Comments (1)
Arts

Rockaway Theatre Company’s ‘9 to 5’ is a hit musical that is not to be missed

Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and the book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie, with a few exceptions. Comments (1)
Arts

Theatre Box presents ‘A Delicate Balance’ to inspire self-examination

The play reveals the unraveling marriage of Agnes and Tobias. Characters like Agnes’ alcoholic sister, who moved in and seems to never plan to leave, as well as lifelong friends Edna and Harry and their returning daughter Julia only further disrupt the peace. Comments (1)
Middle Village

‘Man of La Mancha’ impresses at Maggie’s Little Theatre

Dreaming the impossible dream came true when a perfect show became a Broadway-quality reality for Maggie’s Little Theatre. Comment

June, 2018

The Play’s the Thing

Hip to Hip Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to Queens

William Shakespeare died some 400 years ago, but his plays are more popular than ever – he’s the most produced playwright in America, by far. And unlike all contemporary works, no royalties are due and no permission is required to make any changes in the texts. Comment
Forest Hills

Gingerbread Players to bring second edition of ‘Shakespeare-aoke’ to Forest Hills

The Queens theatre company Gingerbread Players is preparing for its second edition of “Shakespeare-aoke! The Ultimate Shakespearience,” at St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Comment
This year, the Shubert Foundation has awarded a record total of $30 million to 533 nonprofit performing arts organizations across the United States, including two from Queens. Comments (1)
Arts

‘The Exonerated’ explores the dark side of our criminal justice system

Seems as if Lady Justice was off duty for a while when a surprising number of innocent people got death sentences for crimes they didn’t commit over the past few decades. Comments (2)
This isn’t your ordinary school play. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

A true story from behind the bench comes to Maple Grove Cemetery

Judge Gloria C. Coco, the first Italian-American woman to sit on the bench in Chicago, wanted to satisfy her mother’s dying wish, to find an uncle’s burial place. Comment

April, 2018

Douglas Manor

Douglaston Manor presents ‘Ira and Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding’

Take to the floor and dance the Hora and Tarantella as Laugh Out Loud Productions presents “Ira & Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding” at Douglaston Manor. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Springtime theater promises to delight in Queens

Try to put those recurring thoughts out of your mind because, hey, it’s spring, it’s warming up, and local theater is in full bloom. Here are three productions to put on your list. Comment
Arts

Romantic concert featuring real-life Broadway couples comes to Queens Theatre

If you happen to be a total sap and a hopeless romantic, you’re probably thinking, “Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it doesn’t mean it can’t be Valentine’s Day every day!” Comment
The uniquely-named “[title of show]” has begun its run at Long Island City’s Secret Theatre. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Ivy Lane Players have Queens roots

The Play’s the Thing

Ivy Lane Players have Queens roots

Once upon a time, Nassau County was part of Queens — until 1898, when Greater New York City was formed. It has lots of theater companies, and many Queens residents, actors and theatergoers venture east across the city border — no passport required — to see what these groups are up to. Comment
Bayside

Actor pays tribute to late father Jack Lemmon at QPAC

For over half a century, Chris Lemmon’s beloved dad was a “human leprechaun” who could make ‘em laugh while breaking their hearts. Comment

March, 2018

Queens is alive with the sound of music, so come hear the music play... when Broadway takes Queens Theatre by storm this weekend. Comment
Bayside

‘Beau Jest’ brings romantic comedy to life at Theatre by the Bay

Theatre by the Bay is celebrating its 15th anniversary in style with its production, “Beau Jest.” Comment
Bayside

Theatre by the Bay brings ‘Beau Jest’ to the stage

Theatre By The Bay will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a production of the romantic comedy “Beau Jest” from new artistic director Cathy Chimenti. Comment

February, 2018

The Play’s the Thing

Give some love to community theater

Another awards season is winding down, capped off by Oscar’s big night this Sunday. Comment
Arts

Thalia Spanish Theatre brings ‘Queens of the Night’ to life

Ladies and gentlemen, damas y caballeros, if you’d like to experience a play quite unlike any other, look no further than Queens of the Night/Reinas de la Noche, playing in the Thalia Spanish Theatre until Feb. 25. Comment

January, 2018

“I’m lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there’s something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they’re educated. They go in ready and they’re up for it, they’re up for the party.” — Hugh Jackman Comment

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